Alesis V49 Keyboard Controller

49-key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller with Eight Backlit Pads, Two Wheels, Four Assignable Knobs, and Four Assignable Buttons
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Compact Controller with Real Key Feel

Loaded with full-sized, synth-action keys, the V49 USB MIDI keyboard controller is perfect for using with virtual instruments, plug-ins, and other applications. You get the feel of large keys with a square front in a compact controller. Eight backlit, velocity- and pressure-sensitive LED pads let you tap out rhythms, trigger loops, and play synthesizers. A quartet of assignable knobs and buttons give you the power to map almost any function of your plug-ins to a tactile controller. Add that to the pitch and mod wheel, and you have a controller that's ready to take charge of your software. A single USB cable sends MIDI data and provides power to your keyboard. It also includes Ableton Live Lite 9 and a Software Preset/Parameter utility. Call your Sweetwater Sales Engineer for more information on the Alesis V49 USB MIDI keyboard controller.

Alesis V49 USB MIDI Keyboard Controller at a Glance:
  • A compact keyboard with tons of functionality
  • All of the controls you need, right where you need them to be
A compact keyboard with tons of functionality

The Alesis V49, with its 49-note synth-action keyboard, is ideal for two-handed performing - while remaining portable. The V49 gives you a bevy of controls, including pitch and mod wheels, transport controls, and a massive selection of pads, buttons and encoders. You have everything you need to take command of your virtual instruments and plug-ins in the studio or onstage. The flexibility and functionality of the Alesis V49 USB MIDI keyboard controller is something we at Sweetwater know most keyboard players will appreciate.

All of the controls you need, right where you need them to be

The Alesis V49 USB MIDI keyboard controller puts a wide selection of controls at your fingertips. First, there are the full-size keys themselves, all 49 of which give you velocity-sensitive control. You also get 8 backlit, velocity-sensitive drum pads let you tap out rhythms and trigger loops. Above the pads are 4 illuminated, assignable knobs and 4 illuminated, assignable buttons that can be programmed to control the parameters of your favorite virtual instruments. Add that to the pitch and modulation wheels and you have a controller that is ready to take on any project.

Alesis V49 Expressive USB Keyboard Controller Features:
  • Compact USB controller for controlling plug-ins and virtual instruments
  • Full-sized, synth-action keys with a square front
  • 8 velocity and pressure sensitive backlit pads
  • 4 illuminated, assignable knobs and 4 buttons
  • PitchBend and Modulation wheels
  • USB bus powered
  • Includes Ableton Live Lite Alesis Edition
The Alesis V49 is a compact and affordable USB MIDI keyboard controller!

Tech Specs

Number of Keys 49
Type of Keys Synth-action
Pads 8
Other Controllers Pitchbend, Mod Wheel
Encoders/Pots 4 x Knobs, 4 x Buttons
Pedal Inputs 1 x Sustain
USB 1 x Type B
Height 4.5"
Width 37.6"
Depth 9.6"
Weight 9.5 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number V49

Customer Reviews

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Great for a beginner musician/producer as myself!

I love the V49 from Alesis! The keys are nice, big and wide enough for my fingers. I like the drum pads especially because they light up when you press them! It doesn't have too many buttons on it which makes it easier for me to use. I will tell anybody that the Alesis V49 is great for me!

Great gear

Perfect for my needs. I'm using it with a Mac. Works great.

Decent MIDI Keyboard

I was pleased with the overall quality and performance of this unit. It fits well with my rig, and the keypads are a handy addition.The key weight has a texture that I am getting used to. It's stiffer than an organ, but without the bounce of a piano. Keys are a secondary instrument for me, so this hasn't wrecked my experience - just something to which I will adapt. Nice keyboard!

Poor sensitivity

The velocity sensitivity is really bad, a very soft press of the keys does not register notes most of the time, and to get a full 127 velocity you have to slam on the keys really hard to the point that playing dynamically is impossible. Returned the keyboard to try something else, which was really easy due to the great customer service at Sweetwater.

Poor Quality

I bought this cuz it looked like the best size for my desk. More and more keys will get a squeaky noise over time. Looks a lot better then what it really is. I would definetly get something else besides this for a mobile controller. I own 2 other digital pianos, save your money and get something else.
See also: Controller Keyboards, Alesis, Alesis MIDI Controllers